A geoscientist studies geophysical, geological and geochemical data in order to identify the earth’s commercially viable and exploitable natural resource reserves.

Job description

Geoscientists are primarily involved with the exploration and production of natural resources. Their research requires detailed research into the composition, structure and other physical aspects of the earth. The information they collect can be utilised in drilling plans, developing new fields for energy production and aiding recovery following production procedures.

According to the Geological Survey of Ireland, the importance of the geoscience sector is now being recognised at the highest level of government.

Work activities

  • Planning and conducting geochemical, geophysical and geographical surveys and field work.
  • Analysing and interpreting data using specialised software.
  • Acting as a consultant for regional development and site selection.
  • Preparing written reports, graphs and diagrams of field work and survey discoveries.
  • Using sophisticated equipment for research, such as gravimeters, torsion balances and magnetometers.
  • Assessing the quality of resources.
  • Liaising with engineers and other geologists.

Work conditions

Travel: is required for field trips and surveys. International trips may be necessary for some positions.
Working hours: are generally long and irregular.
Location: Opportunities exist with programmes or organisations focusing on all areas of the island of Ireland. Many positions are based overseas.

Entry requirements

A degree in a related subjuct such as geophysics, geochemistry or geology is necessary.